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Buddy & Julie Miller - Written In Chalk
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Buddy and Julie Miller have been writing and making music together since they first met and married over 20 years ago. Whether the end result was a Buddy record or a Julie record they couldn’t help but collaborate and influence each other’s work. New West is excited to release their latest, Written In Chalk (March 3, 2009), a true collaboration. The musical synergy this couple has with each other is clear on the record and is rounded out with a thoughtful country-soul vibe, emotional lyrics, outstanding musicianship and of course, Buddy’s extraordinary guitar playing. Guests on the record include Robert Plant, Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, Regina and Ann McCrary and Larry Campbell. The record was recorded at the couple’s home studio in Nashville, TN. Written In Chalk will also be available on limited edition 180 gram vinyl.
Julie has released six solo albums and Buddy five. Written In Chalk is only the second Buddy and Julie record, and comes eight years after the first. While Buddy was out on tour recently with Robert Plant and Alison Krauss as well as The Three Girls and Their Buddy tour he does with Emmylou Harris, Shawn Colvin and Patty Griffin, Julie wrote nine of the twelve tracks on this extraordinary record.
Julie’s songs are emotional, even gut wrenching at times, but all with underlying hints of love and of her faith. The most touching song on the album is “Don’t Say Goodbye” a beautiful, poignant ballad that features Patty Griffin on backing vocals. Her lyrics often evoke a deep sadness evident in “A Long, Long Time” with the muted trumpet crying as Julie sings. The record is balanced out with Buddy contributing to the country rock duet “Gasoline and Matches” and Dee Ervin’s more bluesy, “One Part, Two Part” which Buddy sings with Regina and Ann McCrary. Buddy calls on Robert Plant for vocals on “What You Gonna Do, Leroy” a swampy stomp written by Mel Tillis and originally performed by Lefty Frizzell.
Named Artist of the Decade by No Depression magazine, and instrumentalist of the year by the Americana Music Association for the past several years, Buddy Miller is one of the more highly sought after guitarists and has played with such greats as Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Shawn Colvin, Lucinda Williams, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Jim Lauderdale, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. Buddy’s songs have been cut by such artists as The Dixie Chicks, LeeAnn Womack, Jim Lauderdale and Emmylou Harris, among others. As a producer, his resume is just as impressive; he produced Emmylou Harris's live album Spyboy, Solomon Burke's Grammy® nominated Nashville and Allison Moorer’s covers record Mockingbird.
Julie received her first real attention with the release of Buddy Miller's 1995 HighTone debut, Your Love And Other Lies, for which she co-wrote several songs and sang on three. Her songwriting soon attracted the attention of Emmylou Harris, who recorded Julie's "All My Tears," as did jazz vocalist Jimmy Scott. Emmylou Harris, as well as Steve Earle and Karen Perris of Innocence Mission, guested on Miller's album Blue Pony, which generated reams of critical praise and brought Julie's talents to center stage.